How to Resist the Snacking Urge and Control Calories
By Genevieve Cunningham
Snacking, though it sometimes comes with a negative connotation, is not always bad. In fact, snacking can be good for you when done correctly. The trouble is that most of us have a hard time distinguishing good snacking habits from bad ones. A snack is a snack is a snack, right? Not so much. One crucial step in learning to snack properly is learning to snack at the right times. If you snack all day, you’re not doing it right. What’s more, you are probably taking in way more calories than you intend. If this sounds all too familiar, take a look at these tips for resisting the snacking urge and keeping those calories under control every day.
One of the best tips for quitting a bad snacking habit is to keep yourself busy. You are much more likely to eat when you aren’t doing anything. It’s called boredom eating. To avoid this trap, keep your hands busy. Plant a garden, go for walks, start a home project, try a new craft. As an added bonus, staying busy will also help you burn more calories. In the long run, you’ll be taking in fewer calories, expending more, and keeping your body healthier as a result.
Don’t Buy Convenience Foods
If possible, try eliminating fast easy snacks from your grocery list. Just don’t buy them. Instead, make your easy snacks healthy options such as nuts, seeds, or raw fruits. That way, if you begin to crave something unhealthy, you will have to go through the process of preparing it. This eliminates the snacking 8 times out of 10. You can’t eat what you don’t buy, so fixing your snacking problem may only take an adjustment in your grocery list.
Write Them Down
Oh, this works so, so, so well. You may not even realize how often you snack throughout the day. But, if you begin the process of writing it down every time you put something in your mouth, you’ll quickly notice just how often we eat without purpose. This little scoop of icing, that handful of sweetened cereal, or an extra bite of your child’s gummy treats adds up faster than you think. This may be adding hundreds of calories to your daily diet, and you don’t even realize it. Get a food journal, write down everything, and watch your habits change before your very eyes.
Changing your snacking habits from unhealthy to healthy is not impossible. It just takes some preparation and self-discipline. Let these tips be your guide to healthy snacking and a positive change in your diet and health.
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